Recommendation ID

Self-monitoring strategies:- Does earlier detection of the incidence of late AMD (wet active) by self-monitoring in people diagnosed with early AMD, indeterminate AMD or late AMD (dry) lead to earlier treatment and better long-term outcomes?

Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)

Why this is important:- A review of the evidence demonstrated that self-monitoring interventions result in earlier diagnosis for people with late AMD (wet active). However, the evidence failed to demonstrate that earlier diagnosis would result in improvements in long-term outcomes such as visual acuity, and also failed to capture potential negative effects of self-monitoring (including the potential for increased anxiety). A study could be carried out to follow up a cohort of people diagnosed with
early, indeterminate or late AMD (dry) to the time when the diagnosis of late AMD (wet active) is established. Comparisons would include time to diagnosis of late AMD (wet active), time to treatment, long-term visual acuity and participants' quality of life. This would help to establish the association between early detection and early treatment plus good long-term vision outcome. It would also help any such positive effects to be weighed against the potential for harm.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Age-related macular degeneration
Date issued
January 2018

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 31/01/2018